Pete Lammons, a tight end on the New York Jets’ Super Bowl-winning team in 1969, died by drowning after he fell off a fishing boat, authorities said. He was 77.
Major League Fishing announced in a statement posted on its website Friday that Lammons was participating in an event on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir on Thursday morning when he slipped from his boat and fell into the water.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department confirmed Lammons’ identity. An autopsy was ordered.
In its statement, MLF said San Augustine County Game Warden Travis Fountain responded to a call about an angler who had fallen overboard at around 10:05 a.m. Rescue attempts were unsuccessful and Lammons’ body was later recovered using sonar.
Lammons was competing in his 57th career tournament in the MLF Toyota Series.
Lammons, a native of Jacksonville, Texas, who was living in Houston, was drafted by the Jets in the eighth round of the 1966 AFL draft out of Texas — after helping lead the Longhorns to the national championship in 1963. He was also drafted by the NFL’s Cleveland Browns in 1966, but opted to play for the Jets.
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SOURCE: NBC New York